Congress Ahead In 2 States, Nail Biter In Madhya Pradesh
The Congress is leading in two BJP-ruled heartland states — Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh — as votes get counted for the assembly election billed as the semi-final before next year’s national polls. In Madhya Pradesh, it is locked in a tough fight with the BJP. But the party is trailing in Mizoram, a state it rules. The ruling TRS looks set to retain Telangana comfortably. The results in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh are likely to have an impact on the elections due early next year. For the ruling BJP, it is the final test of its policies before it goes to the voter for another term at the centre. A good performance for the Congress will boost It’s standing in a possible opposition fronted to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Today it is clear that the Congress is about to form the government in 2 State, while Nail Biter In Madhya Pradesh
- Celebrations started at the Congress headquarters in Delhi as the party established a big lead over the BJP in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.
- “It is clear that the Congress is about to form the government with complete majority in Rajasthan. But, from the reports we are getting, we seemed to be heading to form government in all the three states,” senior Congress leader Sachin Pilot said.
- The BJP claimed any negative result will not affect the party’s chances in the national elections. “Any kind of negative result will not impact the 2019 election,” BJP’s Shaina NC told.
- “Congratulations to the Congress but the biggest takeaway from the election is the fight we have given. From Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who has been in power for 15 years, to Vasundhara Raje who was written off,” Shaina NC said. The only shocker, was Chhattisgarh, due to the good performance of Raman Singh’s government.” she said.”
- Madhya Pradesh, where Shivraj Singh Chouhan is seeking a fourth term,is the biggest prize in these polls. If it wins, the Congress has to face the prickly issue of which will lead the government. Its three top leaders, Kamal Nath, Digvijaya Singh and Jyotiraditya Scindia, kept a truce for the campaign.
- In Maoist-hit Chhattisgarh, the Congress has established big lead over the BJP. The election was three-way, with the Ajit Jogi-Mayawati-led alliance forming the third angle. The alliance is leading in 8 seats.
- Celebrations started at the Congress office in Jaipur as the party looked set to win the state. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had hoped to defeat the trend of the incumbent party being voted out. Her party has now narrowed the gap with the Congress.
- In Rajasthan, the Congress is yet to face the tough question it has avoided so far — who will be chief minister, Sachin Pilot, part of Rahul Gandhi’s young brigade, or two-time chief minister and party veteran Ashok Gehlot.
- Telangana has had a head-start on the drama evens before the results. State BJP leader K Laxman, whose party is predicted to win only five of the state’s 119 seats, offered to partner KCR, as Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is popularly known. Mr Rao’s party, predicted by most polls to retain power, has turned downed the offer. The BJP leader was severely reprimanded by his party for the unauthorised offer.
- In Mizoram, the Mizo National Front is leading in 25 of the state’s 40 seats. The Congress, which ruled the state, is ahead only in 9 seats.
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